The 12th day of my departure from Hilsborough I delivered your Letter to Monsieur de Le Luserne, who, in receiving it, discovered the most Earnest desire to see provisions made for the southern states; I ought to suppose that you are fully acquainted with his recent dispositions in that respect; (& those of congress.) He set out Eight days ago from this city to meet with General Washington & Count of Rochambeau, in order to determine the most conducive measures for the relieve of these states, which measures depend chiefly upon the arival of our fleets. They may be delayed by some Extraordinary circumstances but must arive.
Upon the utmost certainty of an active campaign in your department, I do intend to return immediately. I only wait for the return of our de Le Luserne, if speedy.
I am anxious, Sir, to desserve the favourable dispositions you honoured me with at Hilsborough, for a command; and I beg that in the formation of your army, you would be pleased to remember of me; you are knowing of my desire to serve with the militia Light horse. I had already the honour of adressing you a Skeeme upon that Service.
The frigate Arielle, commanded Lately on the coasts of France by Paul Jones, is arived at Boston, if he came himself, if that frigate brought the cloathing; it is not known yet.
I entreat you would make the assurances of my respecteefull attachments to Governor Rudledghe (Rutledge), his Lady & family were yesterday very well.